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The Church Planting Wife: Help and Hope for Her Heartby Christine Hoover
Synopses & Reviews
Nothing in my life goes untouched by my husband's calling. Christine Hoover's words in the first chapter describe so well the life of a church planter's wife, which is enormously difficult yet extraordinarily rewarding. To be married to a church planter is a calling all its own with richness all its own.
In The Church Planting Wife, Hoover explores and encourages the hearts of her readers while teaching what it means to have heart prepared for this unique ministry. As the wife of a church planter, she knows well the highs and lows; glories and despairs. Christine speaks with clarity and poignancy to the reader about what it looks like to be part of the church planting ministry and to grow a heart that wholly reflects Jesus.
Spread throughout these pages are stories and interviews from church planting wives. Christine Hoover empathetically and pointedly builds off these testimonies to uplift the reader and offer lessons of hope in the midst of a challenging ministry.
"Now we faced the difficult work of church planting. Was I willing?"
A church planting wife must develop a job description, be a wise helper to her husband, develop friendships within the church and within the community, deal with stress and discouragement, handle wounds, and more. Christine Hoover knows the joys and challenges. She says, "Church planting is hard work . . . but it's so worth it!"
She will offer practical encouragement for church planting wives. In addition, you'll enjoy reading interviews with other women who have tended the new ground of a church plant. If you're a church planting wife, you need this book. And if you know one, you'll want to share this readable volume with her!
About the Author
CHRISTINE HOOVER is the wife of a church planting pastor and mom to three boys. With her 12 years of ministry and counseling experience, she is passionate about helping other ministry wives flourish in their roles. The Hoovers moved from Texas to Virginia in 2008, where they started a church in their living room. In the first three years, the church grew from seven people meeting in their home to over 300 people serving and reaching the city of Charlottesville. Christine maintains a popular blog www.GraceCoversMe.com that encourages women to live and lead from grace. She is also a contributing writer for the Desiring God blog and has written for In(courage), Christianity Today, Thriving Family, and Just Between Us.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Promise
Chapter One: The Heart of the Church Planting Wife
Chapter Two: The Dependent Heart
The Church Planting Wife's Job Description
Interview with a Re-Planter's Wife: Lauren Chandler, wife of Matt Chandler, The Village Church, Flower Mound, TX
Chapter Three: The Sacrificial Heart
Interview with a Planter's Wife: Ginger Vassar, wife of JR Vassar, Apostles Church, New York City, NY
Chapter Four: The Faithful Heart
Interview with a Planter's Wife: Lora Batterson, wife of Mark Batterson, National Community Church, Washington D.C.
Chapter Five: The Peaceful Heart
Interview with a Planter's Wife: Amanda Jones, wife of Curtis Jones, Bayou City Fellowship, Houston, TX
Chapter Six: The Helping Heart
Being a Wise Helpmate to the Church Planter
Interview with a Planter's Wife: Shauna Pilgreen, wife of Ben Pilgreen, Epic Church, San Francisco, CA
Chapter Seven: The Connected Heart
Developing Life-giving Friendships
Interview with a Planter's Wife: Brandi Wilson, wife of Pete Wilson, Cross Point Church, Nashville, TN
Chapter Eight: The Undivided Heart
Choosing to Please God Alone
Interview with a Planter's Wife: Jenn Carter, wife of Matt Carter, The Austin Stone Community Church, Austin, TX
Chapter Nine: The Healed Heart
When Church Planting Brings Wounds
Interview with a Planter's Wife: Yvette Mason, wife of Eric Mason, Epiphany Fellowship, Philadelphia, PA
Chapter Ten: The Encouraged Heart
Dealing with Discouragement
What Our Readers Are Saying